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Perfect Symmetry

The Search for the Beginning of Time

About The Book

Popular science at its best, this acclaimed classic work describes in stunning detail how cutting-edge discoveries in quantum physics and cosmology are helping to explain the origin and evolution of the universe, of space and time. Perfect Symmetry is an optimistic report about the ongoing synthesis of these two disciplines into a concerted effort to uncover the fundamental laws that not only describe how the stuff that makes up the universe -- matter and energy -- came into existence but also govern the behavior of the smallest and largest things, from subatomic particles to stars, galaxies, and the universe itself. Written by that rarest of scientists -- one who is esteemed by his peers yet capable of making the most complex ideas comprehensible to laymen -- Perfect Symmetry is an enthralling intellectual adventure, science that reads like art.

About The Author

Heinz Pagels was the executive director of the New York Academy of Sciences and adjunct professor at Rockefeller University. The author of several other acclaimed books, including The Cosmic Code: Quantum Physics as the Language of Nature and The Dreams of Reason: The Computer and the Rise of the Sciences of Complexity, he died in 1988.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (May 26, 2009)
  • Length: 400 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781439148884

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Raves and Reviews

"Splendid." -- The New York Review of Books

"Eloquent.... Pagels has shown a flair for graceful exposition....He is also a wry philosopher." -- Kirkus Reviews

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